4.1 Million People Visited New South Wales From Overseas Over Last 12 Months

4.1 Million People Visited New South Wales From Overseas Over Last 12 Months

New South Wales Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall

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Victor P Taffa

New South Wales  continues to lead the nation in attracting overseas visitors and the tourist dollar, according to new figures released today by Tourism Research Australia.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said visitor expenditure in New South Wales was at an all-time high with record spending fueling the State’s visitor economy.

“A total of 4.1 Million people visited New South Wales from overseas in the past 12 months and they spent a record $10.4 Billion during their stay.” Minister Marshall said.

“New South Wales is the first Australian State to ever achieve these numbers.”

 

“Rural and regional New South Wales recorded significant growth in both international visitors and expenditure over the last year, with 832,000 Million visitors who spent $1.1 Billion a growth of 30 % over the last 12 months.”

“More visitors to our regions mean stronger local economies and I look forward to continuing to boost our efforts to drive the dispersal of international visitors beyond the fringes of Sydney and into rural and regional areas.”

Minister Marshall said the figures had again cemented the State’s ranking as Australia’s number-one visitor destination.

“These figures are proof that our New South Wales marketing programs and strategies are working and that we’re well ahead of the game.” Minister Marshall said.

“Number of overseas visitors to New South Wales grew at 3 times the rate of our neighbours in Queensland, and their total spend in New South Wales was twice as high.”

New South Wales is still the firm favourite for Chinese visitors, who totalled 752,000 in the 12 months between August 2016 and September 2017. There was also a large influx of visitors from India, the USA, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Japan and Indonesia.